Coronavirus: Zoos and safari parks set to reopen from 15 June – PM (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Zoos and safari parks set to reopen from 15 June – PM. “Zoos, safari parks and drive-in cinemas are set to reopen in England from Monday, the PM is due to announce. Boris Johnson is expected to outline the latest step in the easing of the coronavirus lockdown at Wednesday’s daily briefing. He will say the outdoor attractions can reopen as long as they follow social distancing rules.”

KATV: Zoos using social media to delight, raise money amid virus

KATV: Zoos using social media to delight, raise money amid virus. “Social media is one way zoos worldwide are engaging with people who can no longer visit — their main source of income — and raise some much-needed cash. Zoos and aquariums have brought adorable distraction by posting photos and videos of animals, but the closures mean they’re still in jeopardy. While a smattering of zoos, from Utah to Germany, have started reopening with social distancing rules, there’s no telling when they will reach their usual levels of visitors and revenue. Besides jobs, the well-being of the animals is at stake.”

EurekAlert: I spy with my digital eye … a tiger’s breathing, a lion’s pulse

EurekAlert: I spy with my digital eye … a tiger’s breathing, a lion’s pulse. “A pilot study undertaken by researchers from the University of South Australia at Adelaide Zoo, has developed a new way to undertake basic health checks of exotic wildlife using a digital camera, saving them the stress of an anaesthetic. Filming animals using a high-resolution digital camera installed on a tripod could offer another way for veterinarians to take an animal’s pulse or check its breathing rate.”

Smithsonian Libraries Unbound: Digital Archives, Records Management, And Organizing Digital Assets At The Zoo

Smithsonian Libraries Unbound: Digital Archives, Records Management, And Organizing Digital Assets At The Zoo. “What do most people picture when they imagine an archive? Probably a grand building with old, precious documents like the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration building in downtown D.C. Some people think of the movie National Treasure. But, not every archive holds centuries-old documents. Some archives are for the preservation and access of our digital lives and collections. At the Smithsonian’s National Zoo Exhibits Office, those daily-used files relate to the information and interpretive materials that are created for the different exhibits and animals housed in the Zoo. The many species of animals and information about them have to be presented to Zoo visitors in a way that is both accessible and appealing. Not everyone knows the history or science behind every animal. Exhibits provide that information!”

Business Insider: There’s now a giant database for rare zoo animals to find a mate that works just like a dating app

Business Insider: There’s now a giant database for rare zoo animals to find a mate that works just like a dating app. “Rare animals can now have profiles uploaded to a global database called the Zoological Information Management System. According to The Times newspaper, more than a thousand paper ‘studbook’ animal records are in the process of being added to the database, which covers 22,000 species. The data transfer is due to take around two years.”

Government of India Creating a Database of Zoo Animals

The government of India is developing a database of all the zoo animals in that country. “Disclosing this at an annual five-day conference of zoo directors of 25 states which started in Dehradun on Monday, DN Singh, member secretary, CZA said, ‘The comprehensive database will be a path-breaking initiative that will help in cross-breeding, treatment of diseases and conservation of animals at a global level.’ He added that the tagging of the animals would start in all the 166 zoos of the country from April 1 onwards. “